Abortion is a pretty hot topic right now in Paradise Island. This is because the Government has decided to make it legal in some contexts. I can already imagine the English teachers having a great time in GP classes. 🙂

Abortion, according to the new proposed amendments, will be legal in cases which present a danger to the life of the mother and her sanity, severe malformation of the fetus and those resulting from rape and incest. I am completely for these amendments. They will modify a law that was written ages and ages ago, in 1838 to be exact.

Life of the mother and her sanity

I believe that terminating a pregnancy because the mother’s life is in danger or may cause any other harm to her being is a legitimate reason. Save the living. Also, the mother can have other children when her health is better, whereas the child cannot make up for losing the mother.

Severe malformation of the fetus

I am not much of a scientist and not at all a doctor to really explain this well. A quick search on google will do that. But seriously, we are living in a modern world, where new technologies allow you to know if there are any major problems with the fetus at a very early stage of pregnancy. A child born with handicaps or other malformations leads a very difficult life. And most often than not, providing for them costs a lot of money and many parent cannot afford that.

Rape and incest

In fact, for me, if the law was changed to just include this bit about rape and incest, it would have sufficed. I have seen girls, aged 10 – 20, in a Shelter for young children and women. They have been victims of rape and incest, often from their close family members. One girl was raped by her own father at the age of ten. She became pregnant and eventually gave birth. Who is that child to her but a reminder of such a cruel and violent act against herself?  Will she be able to love her baby?  Will she, a child herself, be able to provide the attention and care required by the being she brought to life?  Putting an end to a pregnancy in such cases is definitely not murder!

I know there are many arguments against abortion. ‘Abortion’ is murder, they say, especially those so-called religious figures of Mauritius. I’d like to tell them to go and stuffs their stupid faces. If they were doing their job well, girls aged 10 would not be getting raped by their own fathers! May be they should take a very good look at the mess that is the spiritual state of the Mauritian Society before going to yell in a microphone how abortion is a crime.

However, it is true that great care should be taken when considering the different cases where an abortion is being requested. Qualified personnel should be assigned on such duties. It is good to want to bring change but it has to be done well.

I would like to see these amendments voted and implemented.  It took a long time coming, but better late than never!

9 thoughts on “Abortion

  1. Mohsen says:

    I agree with most of the points made here. However, totally against your second point, that is “Severe malformation of the fetus”. It is not up to us to decide whether the child born with handicaps and malformations shall survive or not.

    Who are we to predict the future? How can we claim that these handicapped children will lead a difficult life? If they’ve been created this way, how can we, with our limited intelligence and limited sense of reasoning, decide whether a human being has the right to live or not?

    Why not then, kill all those fellow human beings who are born with handicaps and malformations?since according to this logic, are a burden to their parents as well as society.

    Thank God Stephen Hawking was born years back else one of the world’s best physicians would never have taken birth since “new technologies would have allowed us to know whether there were any major problems with the fetus at a very early stage of pregnancy” and thus detect the disease he would contract later on! 😉

    • Perhaps the word severe does not convey how very severe the condition of the fetus could be. But where the amendments to the current abortion law is concerned :”Le ministre de la Santé devait aussi apporter une précision importante sur la question, indiquant que les femmes porteuses d’un fœtus atteint de trisomie 21, ou de bec de lièvre ou d’absence de bras, ne pourront se faire avorter. Le gouvernement, dit-il, a prévu des garde-fous pour prévenir tout type d’abus dans la mise en œuvre de la loi.” <– So I believe there will be intense screening/diagnosis in those particular cases.

  2. I don’t think that abortion is the right way to proceed! If abortion is the way, then the authorities are saying a BIG YES to other crimes like rape etc – it’s like the easy way out. Instead of abortion why don’t they enforce the law regarding rapes, or other immoral acts which will lead a woman to abortion?

    For me, it’s like justifying an immoral act. If a married couple doesn’t want to have children, use contraception!!

    Why can’t the authority try to find solutions to the roots of these causes instead? Why not capital punishment for rapists? Why abortion? Why kill an innocent one when so many people who deserve to be shot roam around?

    I wonder!!!!

    • Maliha, it is not providing an easy way out. These amendments are definitely not legalising abortion as a whole, where any pregnant woman could go and have it. It will be legal in very specific cases.
      And this is not about enforcing laws about rape and incest. This is providing a way for a victim of rape to terminate a pregnancy she did not desire! How can a woman/girl, who underwent such a trauma, bear a child from that very trauma? Even if those girls/women give away those babies, is it fair for the child? It does not matter if the law punish the rapist by throwing him in a jail for the whole of his life! A woman’s life has been broken, and possible beyond repair. But to force her to carry a child she does not want, that can be considered a crime too.

      This new law will definitely not allow married couples, who are pregnant, to end it just because they do not want children. That will still remain illegal.

      I’m completely for capital punishment for rapists too. 😉 but capital punishment is in itself another debate!

      • My point is not to have the pregnant woman giving birth to the unwanted child and all the emotional side of it. I’m for abortion in certain cases, but I don’t think abortion is the way out for RAPE! Abort the child and then what? Let the rapist roam around, be it in a cell! You are talking about the traumatic experience a woman has to undergo – how about when going through the abortion process?

        My point is to remove the root cause! And capital punishment is not another debate. If seen from another angle – it complements the law for legalising abortion. My opinion 😉

      • The law that is being modified is not giving a way out for the rapists. Do those rapists even care whether their victims are going to get pregnant or not? Those people are mentally sick or are just f****** perverts. They are out to get something and that is it! I do not believe they take the time to weigh the consequences. And besides, they can worry about it when or if they are caught. I am sure you know many rape victims do not even lodge a complaint. Many families of victims or the victims themselves prefer to keep the ‘scandal’ a hush hush thing.
        Legalising abortion in cases of rape is giving a choice, making the choice legal rather, to the VICTIM of rape. If she wants to give birth to the child to raise him/her herself or to later give it up for adoption, that is her decision to make. The law is not forcing her to do it. It is making legal for her to go for it if she so desires. She can get herself a proper treatment in a state hospital or clinic, rather than get it in ‘dangerous’ conditions.

        It is difficult not to mix emotions in this. A victim may have been physically abused but it leaves a mental/emotional wound that I believe never really heals. It is more than just a traumatic experience. It goes way beyond this. An abortion takes a few hours, if I am not mistaken. I am not saying it is any less ‘traumatic’. But Pregnancy lasts for nine months.

        During pregnancy, a woman has to take very good care of herself. She goes on a special diet, to also cater for the life growing inside of her. She needs love and support. She goes through many different things. Even if some of those things are difficult and painful, at the end of the day, a pregnancy is something that is celebrated. An ‘event’ that brings joy to the mother, the father and the whole family.

        Unfortunately, for a woman who gets pregnant after being raped, that ‘event’ is quite devastating! It takes a lot of time to just get over the physical abuse she has been through, but to now expect her to carry another load, the pregnancy, on top of everything else is just not fair. She will not be able to take care her of herself properly. She will definitely not be strong enough! Both physically and emotionally. If abortion is killing an innocent, yet unborn life, in this case, what term will you give to destroying a living woman’s life by denying her an abortion? By giving her a chance at life again without having a daily reminder of what happened to her?

        We are definitely looking at the ‘abortion issue’ on very different angle. However, I am with you on removing the cause of the problem even though I cannot link punishment for the rapist or criminal to what the victim has to endure after the act of crime.

        What I meant by capital punishment being another debate is that the context is different here. Capital punishment englobes many other aspects. It has only one similarity with abortion: a life is lost. Apart from that, they are very different topics.

        And yes, we are ‘debating’ and expressing each other’s convictions and opinions here because these things concern us. 😉 It is better to have ‘disagreeing’ opinions than having none at all.

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